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Sep 15, 2010 4:00am EDT
, he's returning to washington, stronger than ever. rob and vinita? >> emily schmidt, life in washington this morning. thank you. >>> a few other results now. the once-popular mayor of washington, d.c. has been ousted from office. adrian fenty conceded overnight. some voters said he had become out of touch. >> one-time mtv reality star, sean duffy, won his primary for congress. >> and richard nixon's grandson stumbled on his first entry into politics. chris cox came in third out of three republican candidates for congress here in new york. >>> now, to a developing story from the middle east. the palestinians are now threatening to walk out of peace talks if the jewish settlements and the west bank issue are not resolved. simon mcgregor-wood is live in jerusalem with a status report. good morning, simon. >> reporter: good morning, vinita. you're absolutely right. jewish settlements, israeli settlements in the occupied territories dominated the area, secretary clinton's talk sessions in sharm el sheikh. they will likely do so again today. she has a full round of talks with th
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Sep 27, 2010 4:00am PDT
morning. and thanks for being with us on this monday. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm mike marusarz in for rob nelson. >>> five weeks until midterm elections, and the democrats are fighting to hold on to the control of congress. >> so they are sending the party heavyweights out on the campaign trail. emily schmidt joins us with more on what's at stake for the white house and on capitol hill. good morning, emily. >> reporter: vinita and mike, good morning to you. well, senators this week in washington are going to wrap up their work here so they can head home and campaign for those critical midterm elections. with just five weeks to go, tactics are ranging from personal to presidential. at the end of september, politics feel like november. >> you ought to be there for him on election day. >> reporter: heavy hitters are campaigning in races that ought to be a cinch in the past. democrat barney frank has been in congress for 30 years, but this year republicans are threatening to take back control of the hill. >> when we don't have people trying to make things worse and trying to obstruct, we can
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Sep 30, 2010 2:05am PDT
on this thursday. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. to the news now. >>> downpours, flooding and gusty winds could make a mess out of east coast travel today. >> tropical storm nicole turned deadly in the caribbean, and now the remnants are headed north for already flooded areas of the carolinas. our coverage begins with abc's larry jacobs. >> reporter: the flood problems have already started in parts of north carolina. the deluge is posing a challenge for drivers. >> i tried to back out and it wouldn't. >> reporter: flood watches and sctiast hare poste remnants of tropical storm nicole blow their way parts oth care flooded and could get worse in h emergency operaions ful swing. >> we do have a full shift on duty, we called in extra people to wor we'll maintain that shif overnight untilhhre he sain >> reporter: th' afhe storm system threatens some of the most flood-prone areas of south florida on wednesday. special pumps were set up as the storm approag runoff. ditemerues there was some ppert several inchesstopin penetrated roofs. >> watching it drying up, moving my stuff around so they don'
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Sep 24, 2010 3:05am EDT
." yahoo's trend expert pamela woon has more. good morning, pamela. >> good morning, rob and vinita. with the fda holding hearings this week on genetically engineered salmon, searches are off the charts. some are looking at the pros. it's a sustainable food source that grows at twice the rate of regular salmon. and the cons. is it safe to eat? if the so-called franken fish esca escape, will it have an impact on wild salmon? even bigger than modified salmon, recipes for salmon. one reason for that, with football season in full swing, searches for tailgating recipes are spiking. allrecipes.com has salmon as its top tailgating dish. people are looking up rules for tailgate toss, ladder toss, corn hole. one place to look for tips is tailgating.com, created by professional tailgater joe kahn, the self-proclaimed commish of tailgating. some football fans agreed they'll be good because searches for the sequel to oliver stone's "wall street" are bullish. big hits on the film's trailer, up 469% this week. and people are going online to read the reviews, which are pretty good across the board
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Sep 17, 2010 2:05am PDT
'm rob nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. >>> well, plenty of us around here have seen big snowstorms and felt the heat of a new york summer, but few have ever had the likes of a storm that rolled through last night. >> there's damage to be cleaned up today and thousands still in the dark. details now from our bill ritter. >> reporter: new york hardly known as tornado country, but one or more twisters might have touched down in the nation's biggest city thursday night. >> i just started screaming, "there's a tornado. i'm in the middle of a tornado. it was just black and -- >> reporter: brooklyn resident heather holiday was one of several people that said at 5:30 wednesday evening the sky just went pitch black. trees were being uprooted and their branches were blowing in the wind like litter in the strees. most people didn't know what to make of the storm, which p >> i thought it was the end of it was -- i have mye al i was going to press that. i thought maybe i was going to die. >> cordto t pow conn, storm hit hardest in brooklyn, staten island, and queens and left more than 25,000 cu
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Sep 10, 2010 4:30am EDT
. don guevara joins us now from san bruno. good morning, don. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. we are here at what is being called the epicenter of this massive explosion. we're told at that spot there is a crater 15 feet wide. the asphalt is melted. there's a pipe that's sticking out that's also melted. all this is where that gas line is said to have exploded, resulting in more than 50 homes being destroyed and at least 1 person dead. a massive fire roared through this residential neighborhood of san bruno, california, throughout the night. fire officials confirmed a 24-inch gas main explosion was responsible for the blaze, which reduced dozens of home to ash within an hour. >> the fireball was, you know, 100 feet or more in the air. so, all the firefighters, knew right away, it was a major, major thing. and it just would not stop. so, we knew it was some kind of gas main because it kept going. >> reporter: shocked residents didn't know what was happening. >> all of the area become white. >> i heard the noise. i think it was an earthquake. >> reporter: witnesses said the blaz
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Sep 24, 2010 2:05am PDT
, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. >>> iran's president is provoking more than the usual amount of controversy this morning after his remarks at the united nations. >> americans were so infuriated they simply walked out. >> reporter: in a speech to the united nations, president obama underlined he wants to end the conflict with iran through peaceful means. >> the united states and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with iran and the door remains open to diplomacy should iran choose to walk through it. >> reporter: but just a few hours later the iranian president seemed to slam that door shut. president ahmadinejad questioned the facts about the 9/11 attacks, referring to a cover-up. he said most people believe that some segments within the u.s. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining american economy and to save the zionist regime, israel. it was at this precise moment that the u.s. delegation and others walked out. the u.s. mission to the u.n. issued a statement saying, rather than representing the aspirations and goodwill of th
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Sep 14, 2010 2:35am EDT
nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. we are seeing new pictures this morning of the deadly pipeline explosion in northern california. surveillance video shows the frightening moments for those at a gas station blocks away from the massive blast. >> and dramatic footage. another surveillance video caught terrified shoppers running for the door. diana alviar is following the investigation and has the latest. good morning, diana. >> reporter: vinita and rob, good morning. despite residents saying they'd smelled gas in the area before the explosion, the owner of the pipeline says it was checked out a few months ago and that everything checked out fine. this is exhibit a in the ntsb's investigation. the 28-foot-long pipeline at the center of the san bruno explosion. >> we'd want to know was it a fatigue factor associated with pressurizing and depressurizing the pipe, which would be -- which could eventually break it like bending a hanger back and forth. >> reporter: now comes information the pipeline was known to be potentially dangerous. in a 2007 document the owner, pg&e, said the pipeline "rank
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Sep 17, 2010 2:35am EDT
a new warning for viewers. vinita and rob? >>> a stunning admission in the case of a washington state woman who claimed someone threw acid on her face. bethany storro now says she fabricated the entire story. during questioning police say storro admitted her burn injuries were self-inflicted. there is speculation she might be mentally ill. prosecutors must decide if storro should face criminal charges. >>> the census bureau says the nation's poverty rate climbed more than 14% last year. that's about 43.5 million people, or about 1 in 7 americans. the report also finds that the share of americans without health coverage rose sharply to nearly 51 million people. >>> connecticut has a tradition of being a reliably democratic state, but maybe not this year. voter discontent was on display outside a fund-raiser that president obama attended for the democratic candidate in connecticut's senate race. the president helped raise over $1 million. >>> there's quite a bit of international back and forth over a new book about france's first lady carla bruni. in it bruni quotes michelle obama as sa
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Sep 30, 2010 3:05am EDT
los angeles. good morning, brad. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. meg whitman, a republican who says employers must be held accountable for hiring undocumented workers, is facing allegations she did just that. a former housekeeper is speaking out. california's republican gubernatorial candidate meg whitman, the so-called october surprise has come at the end of september. at a press conference wednesday, whitman faced allegations her maid, nicky diaz, was illegal and received social security documents reforming that. meg whitman denied the allegations. >> we never received that letter or that notification. we, you know, hired our nicky through an employment agency, and had relied on them obviously to verify that she was legal to work here. >> reporter: the charges came as whitman was starring in her own news conference in san jose. the charges also came after whitman and her democratic opponent, jerry brown, held their first debate tuesday night in davis, california. >> we do have to hold employers accountable for hiring only documented workers. we dove what to enforce that l
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Sep 14, 2010 4:00am PDT
: this is the focus on them today. rob and vinita, good morning to you. republicans hoping to unseat democrats in november.but today, but today, and first, tea party candidates are hoping to oust some of the gop favorites. the biggest stage for a potential upset today is in delaware. >> how are you doing? >> reporter: on this primary day in seven states, some candidates worry this may not be the year to be a party favorite. >> i actually have a conservative voting record, as far as finances are concerned, in congress. and while i'm a moderate, that's generally on the social issues. >> reporter: in democrat-dominated delaware, gop leaders think eight-term congressman mike castle is their only hope to win vice president biden's old senate seat. instead, castle is in a fight race with christine o'donnell. she has ran before. but this time, she has tea party backing. >> republicans are backing away. they get behind candidates like my opponent, who continue to support the democrats' agenda, lock, step and barrel. >> hi. this is governor sarah palin. vote for christine o'donnell for u.s. senate. >>
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Sep 17, 2010 3:05am EDT
in several states between now and november. rob, vinita? >>> there's been a major step forward in sealing off the gulf oil well that caused that huge environmental disaster in the gulf back in april. a relief well has now intersected with the blown-out well. the next step will be to pump mud and cement down through that relief well to seal the blown-out well from the bottom. 206 million gallons of oil spilled into the gulf after that april 20th disaster. >>> it was a killer storm that barreled through new york around rush hour last night. some 100-mile-an-hour winds were recorded. the national weather service will determine today whether a tornado actually formed. it sure seemed like it was in plenty of places, where trees and power lines were down and roofs torn off. at least one person was killed. >>> meanwhile, hurricane carl flooded mexico's yucatan peninsula. the storm is roaring toward another mexican landfall today. carl now has maximum sustained winds of around 100 miles an hour, making it a category 2 storm. it is expected to strengthen even more today and hit an area of mexico that
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Sep 29, 2010 2:05am PDT
to, i'm all talk. >> good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. >>> president obama continues his campaign trip today, firing up the democrats before the november vote. >> the president is delivering a tough love message. stop whining and get to work. karen travers is traveling with the president and joins from us madison, wisconsin. hi, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. president obama is on the campaign trail trying to rev up democratic voters. >> hello, wisconsin! >> reporter: with the midterm elections just five weeks away, president obama rolled up his sleeves and dusted off a familiar campaign slogan. >> i don't know about you but >> reporter: before an estimated crowd of 17,000 at the university of wisconsin, mr. obama pleaded with young voters to bring back the enthu from the 2008 campa >> the stakes are too high for our country and for your future. and i am going to get out and fight as hard as i can. and i know you are too. >> reporter: the goal is to rev up those young voters, age 18 through 29, who were critical for the obama campaign's su
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Sep 22, 2010 2:05am PDT
, look at that. vinita out. >> i can't get it off! let me out of here!qaqaqaqaqaqaa >>> new benefits. the first health care reform policies take effect tomorrow. the personal and political impact. >>> then, political push. the first lady takes her popularity on the road. will she get as much attention as sarah palin? >>> and, going solo. he helped the killers rock to success. >> we became a really powerful live band. >> now brandon flowers' next musical move. it's tuesday, september 22nd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. >>> major changes are just a day away for the nation's health care system. >> two key components of the health care overhaul go into effect and they will have an immediate impact. steven portnoy is in washington with the latest. >> reporter: later today, president obama heads to northern virginia to mark the six-month anniversary of the health care reform law, hailing some of the new protections that take effect this week. 4-year-old myra rakers' life will change this thursday in ways she's pr
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Sep 15, 2010 2:35am EDT
how much sprg being made. vinita? >> we continue to hope for some resolution. simon mcgregor wood in jerusalem, thank you. >>> also from the middle east, american hiker sarah shourd is in oman this morning after her release from that prison in iran. shourd was met by her mother and american diplomats as she stepped off the plane. now the state department is challenging iran to release the two remaining hikers, josh fattal and shane bauer. >>> the u.s. troop surge in afghanistan has now reached its peak. some of those troops are supposed to come home next summer. but is that realistic? martha raddatz visited the top u.s. commander in afghanistan in an abc news exclusive. >> reporter: general david petraeus has visited dozens of combat outposts in his two-plus months here. >> are you interdicting with ground forces? >> reporter: every visit confirms how tough it is to make progress in this increasingly bloody war. >> it's very difficult and sometimes seeming to be as slow as watching grass grow or paint dry. but nonetheless, progress. >> reporter: there have been improvements in the
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Sep 24, 2010 2:35am EDT
you the next "morning paper" and i guarantee it's not going to calm you down. >> oh, no. vinita, put it down right now. >> jeremy hubbard, our former anchor, saw this and said this has to make it into "papers." if you're wondering what jeremy is doing these days. this is a time lapse video of food rolling. four days to five days to eight days. >> maggots! >> it's not nice. it's not nice at all. you watch it as it also crawls other than to the other plate, which is about should be what happens. >> oh, man. >> this is done by a bbc science show. they wanted to show people what happens as food rots with mold and bacteria. yes it is gro. >> want to have some breakfast? >> yeah, what they're having. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ when someone gives blood, when a hand reaches out, that moment when heartbreak turns to hope, you're there through the american red cross. down the street, across the country, around the world, you help save the day, every day. your support truly matters. you can help today. visit redcross.org. >>> death penalty. a woman's execution goes down in history. how activists fought un
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Sep 28, 2010 2:35am EDT
'll have to see what lies down the road. rob and vinita, back to you. >> just $102,000 for that car. i guess they figure you'll save what you don't shell out for gas. >> you can immediately pick them out on the road. i think in that instance you really can. daniel went on to say it does handle a lot like a sports car. he says you don't have that power steering feel that you have in a big sedan or something like that. he was impressed with how it ran. >> nice to see a green car that looks cool. i'd drive that car. this report was from an abc news now show called tech this. we'll bring you more every week. >> i like teching it out. tech it out again. if you fight to sleep in the middle of the night, why go one more round ? you don't need a rematch, but a rethink. with lunesta. lunesta is thought to interact with gaba receptors associated with sleep. lunesta helps you get the restful sleep you need. lunesta has some risk of dependency. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep wit
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Sep 14, 2010 3:05am EDT
bush tax cuts if tha that's the only option. hi, john. >> reporter: good morning, vinita and rob. yesterday the senate came back to capitol hill and today the house returns and issue number one on their plate is tax cuts. the president says republicans are holding a middle-class tax cut hostage. >> we're still in this wrestling match with john boehner and mitch mcconnell about the last 2% to 3%. >> reporter: most democrats want to extend the bush tax cuts for those earning under $250,000. most republicans want to extend them for all americans, including the wealthy. this weekend house republican leader john boehner seemed to cave. >> if the only option i have is to vote for those at 250 and below, of course i'm going to do that. but i think that's bad policy. >> reporter: now boehner finds himself a but alone, with few >> reporter: now boehner finds himself a but alone, with few republans n him. hike. the tax hike the administration is proposing, according to irs, would apply to half of all small business income in this country. >> reporter: both sides are making tax cuts the wed
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Sep 22, 2010 2:35am EDT
, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. >>> it was a small town scandal that triggered nationwide outrage. who paid themselves huge salaries. >> now they're under arrest, charged with taking at least $5 million from taxpayers. diana alvear has details now from los angeles. >> reporter: vinita and rob, good morning. bell residents are finally feeling a sense of vindication. now that prosecutors agree the conduct of their city leaders may have been criminal. from city leaders to suspected felons. eight former bell city officials were arrested, charged with embezzling more than $5 million of taxpayer money. >> they used the tax dollars collected from the hard-working citizens of bell as their own piggy bank, which they then looted at will. >> reporter: the alleged ring leader, former city manager robert rizzo. he was paid nearly $1 million to manage a city of just 40,000. city council members paid themselves more than six figures. prosecutors say they billed the city for meetings that never happened and took thousands more in illicit loans. >> many of the illegal loans were secured b
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Sep 14, 2010 2:05am PDT
, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. >>> we are seeing images this morning of the gas pipeline explosion in northern california. surveillance recordings from a gas station several blocks away show the terrifying blast. >> incredible footage. >> and another recording on top of that from a grocery store. it shows shoppers in sheer panic. as brad wheelus reports now some key evidence is on its way to investigators in washington. >> reporter: investigators continue to sift through the ash and rubble looking for clues as to what caused last thursday's deadly gas line explosion. pacific gas and electric warned that a segment of 30-inch diameter pipe matching a description of the ruptured line might fail. >> i understand that the word "risk" was used but my understanding of that is it refers to high consequence area and high consequence area is a definition in pipeline -- pipeline regulatory terms a definition that relates to population density and not to the strength or integrity of the pipe. >> reporter: investigators were also looking for additional
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Sep 20, 2010 2:05am EDT
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Sep 9, 2010 2:35am EDT
republicans. lincoln, eisenhower, reagan. they all had one thing in common -- all of them were dead. vinita and rob? >>> fewer people are dying on the nation's highways. last year's death toll dropping to the lowest level since 1950. the transportation department says that traffic deaths fell 9.7% from 2008 to 2009. that's down nearly 34,000. the decline is being attributed to not only seat belts but also safer cars, as well as tougher drunk driving laws. >>> top officials in detroit are defending their handling of a series of fires in the city. residents complain it took firefighters 90 minutes to respond in some cases. about 85 structures were burned in the fires which were apparently sparked by gusty winds and downed power lines. >>> with that, here is your thursday forecast. oklahoma, missouri, and arkansas face much of the drenching rain and flooding that battered texas yesterday. hail, 80-mile-an-hour winds and possible tornados in the dakotas and montana. showers in the pacific northwest and northern new england. >> 70s in the northeast and 90s across the gulf coast. 60s in the twin
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Sep 23, 2010 4:00am EDT
: rob and vinita, good morning to you. the u.s. counterterrorism chief says over the past year, we've seen more significant terror developments than any year since 9/11. there are more threats. and they're happening closer to hope home. top intelligence officials say fighting terrorism is getting more complicated because extremists are looking for help from people within u.s. boarders. >> a new and changing facet of the terrorist threat comes from homegrown terrorists. by which, i mean, u.s. persons. >> reporter: there were three attempted attacks in seven months. first, last year's new york subway plot. then, the christmas day square. and the times square bombing attempt in may. in the last year and a half, 63 americans have been arrested or convicted of terroristic charges. >> do you believe this is an aberration? or is this likely to continue? >> caution would dictate that we assume it is not an aberration. >> reporter: the experts cautioned american terrorist plots are harder to detect. >> watching a larger attack, or a more devastating attack, it's not worth the additional eff
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Sep 28, 2010 3:05am EDT
and young republicans more eager to vote than young democrats. vinita and rob? >>> as the investigation in the saturday night emergency landing of a small plane moves forward we've now learned the type of aircraft involved has had previous landing gear problems. the crj-900 regional jet has a history of landing gear doors that warp. it's still unclear if the plane involved in saturday's incident has had that particular problem. the delta jet was on its way to white plains, new york, from atlanta when it was forced to land at jfk airport. >>> we know texting while driving is not a good idea. a new insurance industry study says banning it does not necessarily reduce crashes. the study looked at climbs filed on collisions in four states. it found no drop in accidents in those states. may also lead to crashes. >>> and of course text messages got a wisconsin prosecutor in so much trouble, now he's one step closer to stepping down. five women accuse him of sexual harassment after receiving dozens of messages. t.j. winick reports on the scandal. >> reporter: wisconsin's governor had convened a
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Sep 15, 2010 2:05am PDT
karen travers. karen, always a pressure to see you. >> good morning, vinita. >> reporter: let's start in delaware. the big story of the night where really a little known underdog in the tea party defeated the veteran. >> a stunning upset in delaware yesterday, vinita. the biggest upset perhaps of this entire cycle. veteran moderate congressman mike castle, a republican from delaware. he was a two-term governor, a nine-term member of congress. he lost to christine o'donnell. she was backed by the tea party, backed by sarah palin and she came away with a six-point win. this is a really ss o c sta theback pull this off despite the effosf tatie try to paint her as a fringe candidate with a checkered past with some shady financial dealings. she was able to win. this is really a huge victory for the tea party movement. this is really showing some grassroots momentum at that state level. it's whether or not they can translate that into victories in the general election. that will remain to be seen over the next seven weeks. >> on the heels of that comment, what should we
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Sep 20, 2010 3:05am PDT
'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. to the news now. >>> schools and businesses are closed today in bermuda as the cleanup begins after hurricane igor. >> the storm brought strong winds, pelting rain and high surf to the island. david kerley is there. good morning, david. >> reporter: rob and vinita, say hello to igor. this is it. sustained winds, 60, 70, gusts up to 85 miles an hour. the center of the storm, about 40 miles to our west, passing right by bermuda. it's a category 1 hurricane. but we are seeing the back side of it. the dirty side. the northeast quadrant. it's the strongest part of the storm. they're used to strong storms here but this one is nearly a direct hit. >> it's spectacular but it's going to be probably absolutely horrifying. >> reporter: we were out earlier. not surprisingly nearly a ghost town as folks batten down in their homes. it's going to be here for a long time, what do you think? >> it's going to be some damage. you've got to get in. >> reporter: they were worried this was going to be a historic hurricane. one they'd never seen before. downgraded to a category
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Sep 20, 2010 3:05am EDT
with us this monday. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. to the news now. >>> schools and businesses are closed today in bermuda as the cleanup begins after hurricane igor. >> the storm brought high winds and pelting surf to the island. so far it is moving away from the island. david kerley is there. good morning, david. >> reporter: rob and vinita, say hello to igor. this is it. sustained winds, 60, 70, gusts up to 85 miles an hour. the center of the storm, about 40 miles to our west, passing right by bermuda. it's a category 1 hurricane. but we are seeing the back side of it. the dirty side. the northeast quadrant. it's the strongest part of the storm. they're used to strong storms here but this one is nearly a direct hit. >> it's spectacular but it's going to be probably absolutely horrifying. >> reporter: we were out earlier. not surprisingly nearly a ghost town as folks batten down in their homes. it's going to be here for a long time, what do you think? >> it's going to be tremendous. you've got to get in. >> reporter: they were worried this was going to be a historic hurricane
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Sep 29, 2010 4:00am PDT
and vinita. >> thanks for that, ava. and sam champion is tracking this tropical trouble. he'll have the latest track plus live coverage from florida today, later today on "good morning america." >>> there are heightened security fears in europe this morning, after a terror plot was uncovered with the capture of a single suspect. now, there's an international manhunt for those involved. emily schmidt reports. >> reporter: in paris, tuesday night, officials evacuated the eiffel tower, after a caller from a phone booth issued a threat. it was a false alarm, but the second evacuation in just two weeks. now, there is a new explanation nor all of the caution. a senior u.s. official tells abc news there is a credible threat of a major series of new terror attacks on britain, france, germany and possibly the united states. the information comes after questioning a captured suspected german jihadist, who reportedly claimed osama bin laden personally approved the plat. >> the american authorities are extremely nervous about what is going on. the germans are extremely nervous about what is goi
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Sep 10, 2010 4:00am EDT
possibly still dropping that fire retardant, to keep this fire under control. rob and vinita? >> obviously, it's pretty early to know this response. but do they know what caused this gas line to explode in the first place? >> reporter: that is what crews are out here trying to figure out and trying to make sure that it doesn't happen elsewhere. and that it doesn't happen again. we just saw some video, which we'll be seeing much more of later on in the morning. but that's what's happening, as the houses are burning and as they're literally being just stripped from their foundation, you can see where the gas line is. and those -- when the fire meets that gas line or what's left of the gas line, there's even more pockets of explosions. so, you have, you know, fires. and then explosions within that fire. this is a very volatile scene. and when you're talking about something like gas lines and something as unpredictable and as dangerous, obviously, the gas company out here is trying to figure out what's going on. they've shut the gas off in much of the area. as of now, it's all preliminary just
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Sep 9, 2010 2:05am PDT
of your favorite people in the world, vinita. no comment from her. snooki from "the jersey shore." she had her day in court yesterday. apparently remember back in july there was some incident where she was on the beach there in seaside, apparently way too much to drink, annoying people on the beach, got busted by the cops, was pulled into court yesterday. the judge slapped her with a $500 fine, also some community service. also kind of gave her a little bit of a tongue-lashing as well. take a listen. >> i have concerns about how much of this episode was scripted. only you can determine if it's worth trading your dignity for a paycheck. >> it was not scripted, sir. >> you seem to be acting like a lindsay lohan wannabe in this matter. >> whoa. lindsay lohan wannabe. >> i suddenly like that judge quite a bit. >> yeah, he was not even too kind to her. she apologized, said it wouldn't happen again, said it wasn't scripted, she will pay her fine and do her community service. and that is for snooki, who once said she was too pretty to be in jail. >> i have nothing against
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Sep 29, 2010 2:35am EDT
'm vinita nair. >>> we begin this half hour with some tropical weather on the way to south florida. >> there are preparations being made across that region right now. a tropical storm warning is already posted for the florida keys, as well as miami, ft. lauderdale, and the palm beach area. >> communities are preparing for winds up to 50 miles an hour and several inches of rain. >> areas around cuba's capital, meanwhile, havana, were taking a direct hit from the storm. >> it is our reminder we are still in hurricane season. accuweather's meteorologist ava dinges has the storm track. >> good morning, rob and vinita. the atlantic hurricane season, far from over. even though it has been quiet the past couple of days. we still have all of october as well as all of november, and as we track later into the season, we're going to see the breeding ground shift further west. and unfortunately, that is bringing a greater concern to the southeastern tier of the united states. already we have some concerns for the southeastern u.s. as we have our latest tropical system, tropical storm nicole. i
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Sep 9, 2010 3:05am EDT
'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. you don't have to laugh that loud, willis. >>> the wildfire burning near boulder, colorado, is still spreading this morning and now covers about ten square miles as fire crews battle for containment. >> at least 135 homes have gone up in flames and thousands of residents are still evacuated. clayton sandell now reports from boulder. >> reporter: in the air and on the ground, the fight continues. we had our first look inside the fire zone and found a land of charred destruction. authorities worry there may be victims among this rubble. four residents are still missing. >> many of those are people that didn't evacuate. >> reporter: to give you an idea how fast this fire moved, i'm standing in what is left of a burned-out fire station. the fire truck never even made it out. when the blaze started, radio calls captured firefighters' fears that this was something big. >> we have a fully involved fire. i have trees torching. get gold hill fire out now. >> reporter: still, on the eastern edge of this fire, we found ann and sandy butterfield ignoring evacuati
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Sep 16, 2010 3:05am EDT
the least. >> yeah. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. >>> there is a call for republican unity now that tea party candidates have made strong advances in primary elections. >> sarah palin says republicans should now put aside their differences and focus on winning in november. but that is not enough to convince many in the gop. john hendren is in washington now with the latest. good morning, john. >> good morning, vinita and rob. republican leaders are still stunned at the beating their party favorites took at the hands of tea party activists in the primaries. now they're looking ahead to november and trying to mend fences. republican leaders called her a loose cannon. >> i mean, there's just a lot of nutty things she's been saying. >> reporter: they called her unelectable. >> and if she were by some miracle to be our nominee, that we would lose this seat and lose it by unprecedented numbers. >> reporter: now they're calling her their standard bearer. >> i look forward to electing christine the next senator fro the state o del >> reporter: the republican es
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Sep 23, 2010 3:05am EDT
and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. to the news now. >>> we begin with new warnings about possible terror attacks worldwide. police in france warn that country is facing a major terror threat likely from al qaeda. >> in the u.s., dire warnings about our nation's vulnerability. here's pierre thomas. >> the past year has noted the most significant developments in terrorism since 9/11. >> reporter: in the last 18 months or so, at least 63 americans have been arrested or convicted of terrorism charges. >> that's an astoundingly high number. >> we have seen a dramatic spike. do you believe this is an aberration or is this likely to continue? >> caution would dictate that we assume it is not an aberration. >> reporter: the warning from the nation's top officials was blunt. the threat from within from americans willing to commit acts of terror here at home is growing. >> since 2006, al qaeda has looked to recruit americans or westerners who are able to remain undetected by heightened security measures. >> reporter: after eight years of relative quiet after 9/11 al
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Sep 29, 2010 3:05am EDT
. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. with five weeks to go before the midterm elections, president obama rolled up his sleeves, dusted off an old familiar campaign phrase, and said he was fired up. >> the stakes are too high for our country and for your future, and i am going to get out there and fight as hard as i can, and i know you are too. >> reporter: before an estimated crowd of 17,000 at the university of wisconsin, mostly students, mr. obama pleaded with young voters to bring back the enthusiasm from the 2008 campaign. he asked them to knock on doors and pledge to vote. vice president biden and members of the cabinet brought similar methods to college campuses across the nation. the goal is clear, rev up those young voters, age 18 through 29, who were critical to the obama campaign's success in 2008. that year, 66% of voters went for mr. obama. 32% for senator john mccain. two years later, that enthusiasm has cooled off among young and older democrats. the president and the vice president are now scolding their own party. in an interview with "rolling stone," mr. obama said democ
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Sep 8, 2010 3:05am EDT
morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm happy to be back. >> welcome back. i'm vinita nair. >> yeah! >> don't even pretend. stop. >> she looks rested, doesn't she? >>> president obama is on the road today in another campaign-style appearance, again focusing on the economy. >> mr. obama will reveal a new tax cut plan for businesses. however, the latest polls show the president does face a very tough challenge in convincing americans about his latest proposals. john hendren joins us now from washington with the very latest. hi, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. abc has come out with its latest political poll with just two months to go before midterm elections. for democrats the news and the timing could hardly be worse. when air force one touches down in cleveland, president obama will outline tax cuts designed to create new jobs. allowing businesses to write off 100% of their investments in plant and equipment through the end of next year at an estimated final cost of $30 billion. and permanently extending a research tax credit. on top of a $50 billion investment in mo
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Sep 10, 2010 3:05am EDT
whether she has the chops to pull it off. rob, vinita, what do you guys think? do you think she can do it? >> i think she's really, really funny. >> i think she'll be right grate. i read she's been rehearsing. that's probably the key to handling a s man on radio: mission is a go. woman on p.a.: dr. craddox, you have a visitor in the main lobby. you ready to go home today? girl: definitely. let's take a look. this year, more than 27,000 children will be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. you are good to go. through the course of their treatment, many of them will miss school. many of them will miss spending time with their family and friends. so, have you made your decision yet? yeah, i think so. [ singing ] and many will simply miss being a kid. here we go. but you can lift their spirits and give them a special kind of hope. there are thousands of wishes waiting to come true. you can make it happen. find out how today at wish.org. [ flippers slapping ] >>> high stakes in the fight over burning the koran. >> islam is possibly much more dangerous and much more violent than
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Sep 15, 2010 3:05am EDT
for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. >>> the u.s. is issuing a challenge to ahmadinejad. bring home those two imprisoned american hikers. ahmadinejad is coming to new york next week for the u.n. general assembly. >> while josh fattal and shane bauer face uncertain situations, their companion sarah shourd is facing her freedom. >> reporter: for sarah shourd, 14 months and two birthdays behind bars ended with a joyful reunion with her mother. she left the tehran prison where she'd been held in solitary confinement for the spotlight and a flight to the persian gulf nation of oman. >> every innocent person in prison deserves the same support that i've received. but i am very humbled. the more i learn about what people have done for me, what governments have done for me, the more i feel humbled. >> reporter: she was freed for health reasons after discovering a lump in her breast. but not until $500,000 in bail was paid which officials insist did not come from the u.s. government. she's leaving behind fellow americans josh fattal and shane bauer, who became her fiance in priso
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Sep 16, 2010 2:05am PDT
studies. it's thursday september 16th. >>> and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. craigslist has confirmed to lawmakers it shut down a so-called adult services advertising section on the website. >> now there are concerns that ads selling sex will simply find a new place online. t.j. winick has the details. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. craigslist insists its adult section was intended for legitimate adult businesses but law enforcement says otherwise and wednesday in washington the issue was put under a microscope. on capitol hill lawmakers exposed the seamy underworld of sex trafficking of minors. >> today perpetrators hide behind their personal computers and have a child at their doorstep with the click of a button. >> reporter: no website has been in the cross-hairs of law enforcement more recently than craigslist. the online classified pages used by over 50 million americans, including some who use the site to buy and sell sex. >> i have not had a girl that was not marketed online, and most of them
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Sep 13, 2010 2:05am EDT
this monday morning. thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm rob nelson. >>> to the news now, homeowners are starting to return to the san bruno, california neighborhood that of course was nearly incinerated by that gas explosion on thursday. this morning we've learned that two of the six people missing have turned up alive and well. >> also this morning a document has surfaced showing that the power company had determined three years ago that the gas line was at risk of failure. neal karlinsky is in san bruno. >> reporter: the road home began at the end of this long line in a parking lot filled with hundreds who last saw their homes while escaping the pipeline explosion. they were allowed to return in shifts under tight security and escorts from the utility company to personally start each home's pilot light safely. >> if we don't want to live there, then we just get clothes. >> reporter: there was new information that the pipeline was known to be potentially dangerous. in a 2007 document pg&e, which owns the line, said the pipeline "ranks in the top 100 highest risk line se
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Sep 28, 2010 2:05am PDT
as in a sports car? >> looks kind of cool. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. >>> with democrats scrambling for voters, president obama is back on the campaign trail today. he is in new mexico this morning and from there he goes to wisconsin. >> the president is trying to reach out to voters who supported him in huge numbers back in 2008. here now is jake tapper. >> reporter: the president gave a pep talk via conference call to college and university students, urging them to re-engage. >> you can't sit it out. you can't suddenly just check in once every ten years or so on an exciting presidential election, and then not pay attention during big midterm elections where we've got a real big choice between democrats and republicans. >> reporter: two years ago, embracing the notion of change, young voters turned out in droves. voting overwhelmingly for obama. today, the president heads to the university of wisconsin at madison to kick off a series of democratic rallies where he wants to recreate at least some of the excitement of a memora
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Sep 28, 2010 4:00am PDT
story. good morning, emil >> reporter: rob and vinita, good morning to you. when barack obama ran for president, in 2008, the lines at his student events usually stretch as far as the eye that can see. that excitement translated into votes. tonight, president obama is going to return to those roots. he's holding a rally at the university of wisconsin, hoping to capture that excitement again. today, the president, who inspired young voters, with hope and change. >> we have given young people reason to believe. >> reporter: returns to his college rally roots, to convince those youth to vote again. >> you can't sit it out. you can't suddenly just check in once every ten years or so on an exciting presidential election. and then, not pay attention during big midterm elections where we've got a real big choice, between democrats and republicans. >> reporter: mr. obama's name isn't on the ballot this time. but his party's control of congress is on the line. and youth say they're simply they're motivated. just 55% of young people say they are certain to vote in november. compared to thre
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